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Subject: external burners
Name: joe
Date: 6/12/2002 7:07:41 PM (GMT-7)
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I have a laptop and a desktop, and I want to get an external cd/rw drive that I can use on either machine. Both computers only have basic USB.
I've found three basic options for me: get a firewire drive and pci pc card addins for those ports, get a usb 2.0 drive and the add in cards, or I've seen this "triple play" burner. It will work with usb 2.0, parallel, or a pcmcia card slot. It lists the fastest burn time for usb 2.0
this one catches my interest because it says it will work in dos with the parallel port so I could use norton ghost

What do you guys think? Is usb 2.0 or firewire the way to go?

A side question: if usb 2.0 is faster than pcmcia card bus, if I get a usb 2.0 pcmcia add in card, how does it function at the faster usb speed when it's running through the slower pcmcia bus?

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